First things first

Tulio Lombardo, Bacchus and Ariadne, 1500-10c, Kunsthistorisches museum, Wien, Austria
Tulio Lombardo, Bacchus and Ariadne, 1500-10c,
Kunsthistorisches museum, Wien, I fell in love with this sculpture back in 2008 at the Renaissance Faces exhibition, National Gallery London. I find this object intriguing on several levels: the ambiguous gender of the two, the utterly fashionable hairstyles, the classical inspiration, the contemplative mood.
It’s by Tulio Lombardo “the leading sculptor in Venice in late fifteenth century and early sixteenth century” p. 212 of the catalogue Renaissance Faces: Van Eyck to Titian (National Gallery Publications) (National Gallery London)

 

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